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VERNA ‘JANE' O'DELL
MASON CITY — Verna "Jane" O'Dell, of 5 25th St. S.W., Mason City, passed away Wednesday evening (March 3, 2004) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 213 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Mason City, with the Rev. Jim Magelssen officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City.
The family will greet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Full-erton Funeral Home, 123 Second St. S.E., Mason City. The Ladies of the Moose will conduct a memorial service at 5 p.m. today followed by the VFW Auxillary service at 5:30 p.m. both at the funeral home.
Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.
Those wishing to extend memorials or expressions of sympathy may direct them to the Verna "Jane" O'Dell Memorial Fund in the care of Dan O'Dell, 15166 Oak St., Clear Lake, IA 50428.
Verna Jane O'Dell was born Jan. 17, 1929, in Mason City, to Ellsworth "Bud" and Pauline Marie (Presnell) Hall. She was the first of six children born to her parents. "Jane,'' as she was lovingly known by her family and friends, was educated in the Mason City Community Schools.
On Jan. 14, 1946, Jane was united in marriage to Fred LeRoy O'Dell, Jr., in Mason City. The couple enjoyed bowling in leagues at the Rose Bowl Lanes in Mason City, camping, fishing and traveling together to various vacation spots across the United States and into Canada.
Jane and Fred's home was, "The Place to Be," as many of their neighbors, friends and their children's friends felt welcome and gathered often in the O'Dell home. They were the proud parents of five children.
Many in the Mason City area will remember Jane as a seamstress at Mode O'Day, where she was employed for more than 30 years.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City, and a member of the Christian Women's Group and the Moose Lodge.
Jane was a devoted wife and took great pride in nurturing her children. She found great joy in crocheting special heirlooms for her family. Jane intricately crocheted the family name into a framed wall hanging for each of her family members to treasure.
Her children recall special thoughts of their mother cook-ing large evening meals. They think of her fondly when re-membering her baked beans, biscuits, chocolate cakes, fried potatoes and potato soup. Jane loved preparing for the holidays and having her family gather for those occasions in her home.
Some of Jane's favorite leisure activities and interests included playing cribbage and bingo. She was also an avid "Yahtzee" challenger and fan of the Minnesota Vikings. Jane gathered with friends once a week to visit, lunch and play games of "Aggrevation."
Jane will be missed dearly by family and friends who have lovingly shared in her life.
She is survived by her five children, Pam Richardson, of Leland, Gary O'Dell, of Mason City, Kathy (Chuck) Green-awalt, of Pittsburg, Pa., Dan (Paulie) O'Dell, of Clear Lake, and Julie (Tony) Scalise, of Coralville; two sisters, Donna (Bill) O'Dell, of Mason City, and Ginny (John) Young, of Rockwell; one brother, Bob (Wendy) Hall, of Bullhead City, Ariz.; and special family friend, Julie Gallager. Jane will also be sadly missed by her 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Jane is preceded in death by her husband, Fred O'Dell, Jr., on Jan. 4, 1985; her parents, Bud and Pauline Hall; her brother, Allen Hall; her sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Frank Buyonavich; and her granddaughter, Lori Banks.
Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, (641) 423-8676.
JAMES W. BOBST
HAMPTON — James W. Bobst, 71, of Hampton, died Thursday (March 4, 2004) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Hampton United Metho-dist Church in Hampton, with the Rev. Bob Connor officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Hampton Cemetery in Hampton.
Family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton.
James was born on May 30, 1932, in Franklin County, the son of Albert William Bobst and Edythe Lindsay. He at-tended Popejoy High School and Iowa State University in Ames.
He was a member of the ROTC at Iowa State University in Ames.
James was united in marriage to Ardith Faber Hill in 1954. To this union three children were born: Randal, Jane and Debra.
James then married Kathy Ann Becker on April 15, 1970, in Las Vegas, Nev. To this union two children were born: Angela and John.
His occupation was in real estate and farm management.
He was a member of the Hampton United Methodist Church in Hampton, the Hampton Rotary Club, and the Anchor Lodge in Hampton.
James was on the Franklin General Hospital Board of Trustees from 1976 to 2000, and was on the Franklin General Hospital Foundation.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Ann (Kate) Bobst, of Hampton; daughter, Angela Michele and husband, Craig Menning, of Hampton; son, John Albert and wife, Kelli Bobst, of Coralville; son, Randal James Bobst, of Lake-ville, Minn.; daughter, Jane Marie and husband, Steven Haviland, of Hampton; dau-ghter, Debra Sue and husband, Tim Primus, of Lakeville, Minn.; sister, Nada and husband, Paul Bottke, of Iowa Falls; sister, Amy Campbell, of Iowa Falls; sister, Elsie and husband, Dean Lycke, of Alden; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dale; and sister, Doris.
Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home, (641) 456-3232.
BERNICE LENORE LUCKEN
KENSETT — Bernice Lenore Lucken, 95, of Kensett, passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 6, 2004, at the Lutheran Retirement Home in Northwood.
Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Bethany Lutheran Church, 600 Fifth St. in Kensett, with the Reverend Clarence Baal-son officiat-ing. Interment will follow at Kensett Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at noon on Monday at the church and continue until the time of the service.
Bride Colonial Chapel, 110 E. Springs Street, Manly, is in charge of the service.
Memorials may be directed to the Lutheran Retirement Home or Bethany Lutheran Church.
Bernice was born June 13, 1908, in rural Kensett, a dau-ghter of Arne and Caroline (Severson) Luckason. Her paternal grandparents, Andrew and Margit Luckason and her maternal grandparents, Erich and Hanna Severson, all emigrated from Norway in 1867 to become some of the first settlers of Kensett Township.
After graduating from Northwood High School, Bernice taught in a rural Worth County school until her marriage to Palmer Lucken on Nov. 27, 1926. They engag-ed in farming east of Kensett for many years.
Bernice has been a resident of the Lutheran Retirement Home in Northwood for the past three years.
She was a life-long mem-ber of Bethany Lutheran Church, a former member of the Bethany Ladies Aid and of the Martha Mission Circle, and a member of the Kensett Centennial planning committee. She was an accomplished seamstress, quilter and artist.
Bernice is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Jeannine and George Wendel, of Mason City, and Carolyn and Gerard Rushton, of Iowa City; a daughter-in-law, Marian Lucken, of Cedar Rapids; seven grandchildren, Tanya Wendel, of Omaha, Neb., Kim Wendel, of Clear Lake, Valerie Wendel-Filkens, of Omaha, Neb., Lonn Lucken and Lamarr Lucken, both of Cedar Rapids, Edward Rushton and his wife, Kristi, of Scranton, Pa., and John Rushton, of Iowa City; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Donn Lucken; one brother, Lester Luckason; two sisters, Alice Dahl and Hazel Luckason; and two infant grandchildren.
Bride Colonial Chapel, (641) 454-2242.
ADRIAN E. RINGHAM
NORTHWOOD — Adrian E. Ringham, 78, of Northwood, died Friday (March 5, 2004) at his birth home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Lutheran Church in Northwood, with the Rev. Mark Decker officiating. Inurnment will be in the Silver Lake Cemetery, rural Northwood.
Schroeder and Sites Funeral Home, Northwood, is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Schroeder and Sites Funeral Home, Highway 65 South, Northwood.
Adrian E. Ringham was born Nov. 30, 1925, the son of Andrew and Emma (Lokken) Ringham. He was baptized at Silver Lake Lutheran Church, and attended and graduated from the Northwood school system in 1943. When he was old enough to drive, he always gave neighborhood kids rides to school.
Following high school, Adrian entered the National Guard where he served as a master sergeant for four years.
Farming was his passion. After he came home from the service, Adrian farmed with his father, and later took over the farming operation. Adrian also raised hogs and beef cattle over the years
On June 28, 1953, he was united in marriage to Helen Tollefson in Austin, Minn. The couple lived in Northwood for a few years before moving back to the home place west of Northwood. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last June with a large gathering at their home.
Adrian loved the farm, and always said the best part of going on vacation was coming home. He enjoyed many hobbies including golf, playing solitare, fishing, and ongoing home improvement projects at all three of his grown children's homes. He also enjoyed woodworking and made numerous keepsakes for family and friends.
Helping others was one of Adrian's greatest gifts, a gift that will live on in all who he touched.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Helen Ringham, of Northwood; three children, Marty Ringham and his wife, Teri, of Milaca, Minn., Amy Thorland and her husband, Steve, of Thompson, and Terry Ringham and his wife, Rachel, of Lake Mills; seven grandchildren, Adam, Tony, and Karly Ringham, Tonnes and Tristan Thorland, and Zachary and Jonah Ringham; three sisters-in-law, Lois and her husband, Don Purcell, of San Diego, Calif., Phyllis Kittleson, of St. Ansgar, and Mary Lou and her husband, Merv Ellingson, of Decorah.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother-in-law, Paul Tollefson.
Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, (641) 324-1121.
CHARLENE RAE JENSEN
MASON CITY — Charlene Rae (Whitman) Jensen, 66, of Mason City, died Friday (March 5, 2004) at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.
Funeral services for Charlene will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., with the Rev. Terry Hamilton Poore of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will be in Clear Lake Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday at Major Erickson Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be dir-ected to Hospice of North Iowa.
Charlene Rae Whitman was born on Jan. 7, 1938, the daughter of Lester Whitman and Gladys (Mulford) Whitman Seefeld in Iowa Falls. She attended school in Iowa Falls and was a 1956 graduate of Iowa Falls High School.
On April 20, 1958, Charlene was united in marriage to James Jensen at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Charlene and James lived in Iowa Falls until 1964 when they moved to Albert Lea, Minn., then moving to Mason City in 1985.
Charlene was a loving and caring wife and mother, keeping an immaculate home for her family. She shared almost 46 years of marriage with her husband.
For the first twenty years of Dave and Pam's lives, Charlene was our mother and educator, and the rest of her life she was our best friend. We could share anything with her and had many happy times laughing and loving. She adored her grandchildren and her only regret was not to be here for them. Charlene will be caring for her grandchildren, Mathew and Benjamin, in heaven for us now.
Charlene was very active with E.G.A. (Embroiderers Guild of America) and was an avid stitcher. She also gave of her time, volunteering for the hospital.
Charlene and Jim both are active in the Railroad Retired Employees Group.
She touched the hearts of many people and will leave a lasting impression on each of them. Charlene will be dearly missed by her family. They are comforted knowing she is no longer in pain.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to all of the staff of Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa and Hospice of North Iowa who cared for Charlene and her family during this difficult time.
Charlene is survived by her husband, James Jensen, of Mason City; one daughter, Pamela Rohrbacher and husband, John, of Minneapolis, Minn.; one son, David Jensen and wife, Kathryn, of Blaine, Minn.; three grandchildren, Adam Rohrbacher, and Pearl and Neal Jensen; one brother, Wilbur Whitman and wife, Darlene, of Belle Vista, Ark., and several other family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and grandsons, Mathew and Benjamin.
Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, (641) 423-0924.
DONALD DEAN WILLIAMSON
GLENVILLE, Minn. — Funeral services for Donald D. Williamson, 78, of Glenville, will be held at 10 a.m. on Tues-day at the Glenville United Methodist Church. Pastor Don Malinsky will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Freeborn County Servicemen's Organization.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Bayview- Freeborn Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the services at the church.
Donald died on Friday (March 5, 2004) at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis.
Donald Dean Williamson was born on March 19, 1925, in Glenville, the son of Ernest and Fannie Grace (Kral) Williamson. He attended Glenville grade school and Albert Lea High School.
Donald served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army. After his discharge, he returned to Freeborn County.
On Jan. 2, 1944, Donald was united in marriage to Evelyn M. Tostenson. Donald owned and operated the local grocery store for 26 years, owned and drove his school bus, hauled mail and retired from Ulland Bros. in June, 2002, where he was a scale man and loader operator. Donald also worked on the Alaskan pipeline as a younger man.
Donald enjoyed fishing, woodworking, gardening, and most special to him was the time that he would spend talking with his grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling around the county sightseeing, and he and Evelyn enjoy-ed the times that they spent at Mystic Lake.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, of Glenville; children, Dianne and husband, Larry Roerish, of Rochester, Adeline and husband, John Rust, of Clarks Grove, Dawn Knaack, of Glenville, Mary Ann Olson, of Albert Lea, Donald William-son and Mary, of Allison, Douglas Williamson, of Federal Dam, Minn., and Jim and wife, Cindy, Williamson of Glenville; grandchildren, Chad and wife, Sherry, Williamson, Tonya Williamson, Eric Roerish, Elissa Roerish, Brandon Cech, Barry and wife, Katie, Cech, Katie Rust, Cody Knaack and special friend, Jill, and her son, Wyatt, Jesse Knaack, Jackie Knaack, Aaron Williamson, Lindy Williamson, Josh and Jenny Reyerson, Seth Olson, Nara Olson, and Derek Olson; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Dylan, Michael, Jadelyn, Caden and Brayden; brothers, twin brother, Dayton and wife, Margaret, Williamson, of Alexandria, Minn., and Richard and wife, Mary, Williamson, of Albuquerque, N.M.; brothers-in-law, Donald and wife, Linda, Janssen, of Northwood, Iowa, and Eddie and wife, Karen, Tostenson, of Oklahoma; and many nieces and nephews.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jacqueline; brother, Ed Williamson; sisters, Olive Williamson and Marlys Jan-ssen; and nephew, Michael Janssen.
Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home, (507) 373-4330.
LINDA KAY REVLAND
MASON CITY — Linda Kay Revland, 58, of Mason City, loving mother and grandmother, passed from this life on Thursday (March 4, 2004) at USA Healthcare in Mason City.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. N.E. in Mason City, with the Rev. Myron Herzberg, of Memorial Lutheran Church, Nevada, of-ficiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City.
Visitation will be held from noon until time of services Monday at the funeral chapel.
Memorials may be given to the Linda Kay Revland memo-rial fund.
Linda Kay Revland was born June 2, 1945, in Mason City, a daughter of Claude and Angeline (Brouwer) Miller.
She was united in marriage to Joe Shafer on July 11, 1964, in Des Moines.
Linda was a 1964 graduate of Northwood-Kensett High School in Northwood. She attended North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City.
Linda's life was centered on her family. She especially loved her grandchildren. Her hobbies included crafts, country music, and bingo.
She is survived by, a dau-ghter, Brenda Kiger, of Monroe City, Mo., and her children, Justin, Cory, and Bree; daughter, Karla (Shafer) Sexton of Ames, and her children, Krista, Amber, and Jordan; daughter, Vicky (Shafer) Alitz, of Mason City, and her children, Anthony, Dylan, and Brittany; daughter, Angela Clapp, of Waterloo; two sisters, Phyllis Auld, of Highland, Ind., and Janice Snook, of Mason City; and a sister-in law, Bonnie Willemsen, of Mason City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a step-father, Harold Bratrud; and three brothers, Byron Miller, Wayne Willemsen and Marvin Willemsen.
Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, (641) 432-2372.
RUSSELL W. FELIX
MASON CITY — Russell W. Felix, 83, of Mason City, died at Veterans Hospital, Minneapolis, on Thursday (Feb. 26, 2004).
He originally grew up in Britt. He graduated from Mason City High School in the Class of 1938, attended Iowa State University in Ames, specializing in dairy products, and later worked for the Borden Co. and R.S. Prewett Co.
He was a World War II Army artil-lary veteran, landing at Utah Beach Normandy and fought later in the Battle of the Bulge.
He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, lifelong member of VFW Post 733 in Mason City, 50-year member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City, and longtime former member (40 years) of the YMCA in Mason City.
He is survived by: Evelyn (nee Barsness) his beloved wife of 58 years; daughters, Linda Kirton, of San Diego, Calif., Jane and husband, the Reverend Robert Burmeister A.R.C., of Roseville, Minn.; sons, Mark and wife, Ellen, of Stoughton, Wis., and David and wife, Sandra, of Maple Grove, Minn. Also, nine grand-children; two great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Doris (the late Richard) Felix, Lannie (the late Norman) Barsness, and Buelah (the late Leon) Barsness.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 2004, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City, followed by a reception. Private interment in Olena Mound Cemetery in Buffalo Center.
Arrangements by the Roseville Memorial Chapel, St. Paul, Minn., (651) 631-2727.
RAYMOND P. DEGEUS
IONIA — Raymond P. DeGeus, 61, of rural Ionia, died Thursday (March 4, 2004) at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn., following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Charles City, with burial in Sunnyside Memory Gardens Cemetery, rural Charles City.
Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Hugeback and Chenoweth Funeral Home in Nashua, and an hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Ray is survived by his wife, Mary; four daughters, Kelli (the Rev. Jeff) Ungs, of Clear Lake, Sheri (Duane) Howieson, of Ellendale, Minn., Angie Bohlman, of Owatonna, Minn., and Jessica (John) Frana, of Cresco; two sons, Mitchell DeGeus, of Charles City, and Jake (fiance, Sheli Burgart) DeGeus, of Lakeville, Minn.; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Edna (Gar) Madeiros, of Nevada, and Mildred (Bruce) Culbertson, of Titonka; and one brother, Ed (JoAnn) De-Geus, of Britt.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Hugeback & Chenoweth Funeral Homes, (641) 394-4334.
RANDAL S. COYIER
MASON CITY — Randal (Randy) Scott Coyier, 41, of 302 Second St. N.E., Mason City, died Saturday (March 6, 2004) at the Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake, with the Rev. Dean Hess and Lay Assistant Dick Scott officiating. Interment will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St. in Clear Lake, and one hour be-fore the service on Thursday at the church.
The family suggests mem-orials to the Randy Coyier memorial fund.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, (641) 357-2193.
ROSS C. STANBERY
CLARION — Ross C. Stanbery, 83, of Clarion, died Friday (March 5, 2004) at the U.S.A. Health Care Center in Clarion.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Cath-olic Church in Clarion, with Father David Beckman officiating. Burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery in Clarion.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Ewing Dugger Funeral Home, 602 N. Main St. in Clarion, with a scripture service at 6:30 p.m., and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.
Ewing Dugger Funeral Home, (515) 532-2233.
ANDREW E. GRUMAN
OSAGE — Andrew Edward Gruman, son of William and Sandra (Kalous) Gruman, was stillborn on Friday (March 5, 2004) at the Mitchell County Regional Health Center in Osage.
Public visitation is from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, 702 State St., in Osage.
Private funeral services will be held with the Rev. Mark Reasoner officiating. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Osage.
Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, (641) 732-3706.
SHEFFIELD — Donna Harper, 55, of Sheffield, died Saturday (March 6, 2004) at her home.
Funeral services are pending at the Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton.
Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home, (641) 456-3232.
ROBERT L. JOHNSON
BRITT — Robert L. Johnson, 77, Britt, died Saturday (March 6, 2004) at his home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ewing Dugger Funeral Chapels, Britt.
Ewing Dugger Funeral Chapel, (641) 843-3839.